This week in Walton history:
Jan. 12 - 18
30 years ago — 1984
The National Park Service said Grayton Dunes in South Walton County did not meet NPS criteria for inclusion in the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
25 years ago — 1989
Construction of the Inlet Beach fire station began and the Miramar Beach station was set to be under way soon.
20 years ago — 1994
The Department of Public Safety was awarded a $30,000 grant for enhancing the 9-1-1 software and for a large computer monitor.
South Walton Tourist Development Council makes funds available to Walton County Snowbirds for two tea dances.
A noise ordinance was in process of being drafted by the Walton County Board of Commissioners in response to complaints of loud noise from neighboring businesses and residences.
Construction of a mini-golf course, an arcade and a seafood restaurant were presented to the Planning Commission for approval.
10 years ago — 2004
Winter’s low tides and drifting sands uncovered a 60-year-old shipwreck, the remains of the 52-ton Viking that went down in 1942 or 1943.
Prominence, a new town development planned on County Road 30A, was to feature a harbor that would create the look and feel of a New England town.
A bike path along 30A continued toward the western end of the road.
Independently owned restaurants in Destin and South Walton contribute more to the community than do chains as they buy local foods, use local banks and advertising.